Pelvic Pain and Cramps During Pregnancy

October 6, 2011

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baby-in-plevisEarly pregnancy can cause cramping or stretching feelings in your pelvis and abdomen. You may feel achy in your lower abdomen. This is generally normal and related to implantation and stretching of the uterus.

Causes of Pelvic Pain and Cramps During Pregnancy

  • Implantation- when the fetus implants and begins to grow inside your uterus it is common to experience some cramping similar to menstrual cramps.
  • Hormones- As your uterus expands and your body produces hormones to make your muscles, ligaments and tissues more elastic you may experience cramping, pulling, and painful twinges in your abdomen.
  • Urinary tract infection- Pelvic pain and cramping can be caused by urinary infections. Be especially aware of any burning sensation while urinating, difficult or frequent urination and pain in the kidney area in your back.
  • Orgasm- can cause cramping and contractions in the uterus. This is perfectly normal and not a cause for concern unless the cramping lasts for a prolonged period of time. Orgasms normally cause contractions of the uterus, but while pregnant your uterus is larger and more sensitive and you feel it more.
  • Ectopic Pregnancy- ectopic pregnancy is when the embryo implants somewhere outside of the uterus, generally in one of the fallopian tubes. If you are experiencing spotting or bleeding together with your cramping early in your pregnancy, contact your doctor.

Treatment for Pelvic Pain and Cramping During Pregnancy

  • Take a warm bath.
  • Be sure to exercise.
  • Walk around. Movement can be helpful.
  • Take acetaminophen for pain.

When You Should Call Your Doctor

  • You are having urinary urgency or burning on urination.
  • Your pain is severe.
  • Your pain is accompanied by spotting or bleeding.

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